• Dec 12, 2007

The internet, as usual, is rife with speculation. Today's source is the FerrariChat message forum, where members claim to have inside information on two new Ferrari models that are anticipated for launch within the next couple of years.

The news concerns a convertible version of the current 599 GTB Fiorano, an illustration of which you see above (courtesy of AutoGespot). FChat member "supraman55" says his local dealer confirmed the upcoming model for a debut at either Detroit or Geneva in 2009. Speculation surrounding the 599 Spider is backed up by an interview with Ferrari's General Director, Amadeo Felisa, which appeared recently in the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. When asked about a convertible 599, Felisa confirmed that Ferrari is developing such a model for possible production in a limited series like its predecessor, the 575-based SuperAmerica. We'll add our own fuel to the fire by speculating that, based on traditional Ferrari nomenclature revived for the 599 GTB, the roadster will likely carry the 599 GTS designation, perhaps married to another name to replace Fiorano for the open-air version.

[Sources: FerrariChat, Auto Motor und Sport, AutoGespot]



Aside from the roof mechanism, don't expect much else to be changed, save for some possible additional body reinforcement to maintain rigidity without a roof, which could retain the same format as the SuperAmerica's unique mechanism or go another way. According to the report, Ferrari was motivated to chop the top off the 599 when it saw the Mercedes SLR Roadster.

In addition to the 599 roadster, FChat member "icemanbops" claims to have confirmation directly from the factory in Maranello on the "entry-level" model code-named F149. The model is expected to be a 2+2 with styling similar to the 599, but with a fully automatic folding hard-top and a 500-hp V8, slated for debut at the upcoming Paris auto show in September advance of late-2008 delivery.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      there's nothing 'entry-level' about 500hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So Autoblog deems anonymous members posting to a forum as sources credible enough for a story?

      Internet journalism at its finest.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, they did the same thing with the Lamborghini Reventon and that proved credible.

        You never know...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, that would be dead sexy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1, nothing like a topless prancing horse...
      • 7 Years Ago
      They had planned to call it the F150 but Ford said it didn't want its brand equity diluted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I certainly hope F149 doesn't stand to identify engine displacement like the others do.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol, 1.5L V-12
        • 7 Years Ago
        1.49 Gallons would be good.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish they would make a few more than that
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since the F136 is the code of the engine in the Ferrari F430, wouldn't F149 be another engine rather than a car?

      Well, if I'm right, this could mean a replacement for the F430 which is kind of "entry-level" as far as Ferraris go
      • 7 Years Ago
      If GTB is the coupe (berlinetta), shouldn't GTS be the targa top? The cabriolet would be named 599 Spider if I'm not mistaken.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oops, I meant Spyder.
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